CMU University Theatre sets the stage for new season with suspense drama

2013-14 season features two dramas, two comedies, a musical and a dance show
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The curtain will rise on the new University Theatre season with “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Opening night for the classic suspense drama takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 in Bush Theatre.

The show follows a gifted scientist who, in his pent-up frustration with “respectable” life, creates a powerful potion that unleashes his inner brute.

“I think many people are familiar with the book by Robert Louis Stevenson,” said Steve Berglund, director of University Theatre. “But there is a special kind of energy in seeing the story live in the theater.”

“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was one of three University Theatre shows that toured the state earlier this summer.

Berglund said that the entire department is eager to share this season’s package of shows with students, faculty, staff and community members because it “offers something for everyone.”

The CMU University Theatre 2013-14 season includes:

  • “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”*

Written by Noah Smith. Based on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. Directed by Timothy D. Connors.

Performances occur Sept. 4 through 8.

A brilliant man creates a formula to unleash his inner nature.

*Recommended for mature audiences

  • “Buffalo Gal”

Written by A.R. Gurney. Directed by Steve Berglund.

Performances occur Oct. 10 through 13 and 17 through 20.

An eccentric, fading TV diva is torn by a decision that could have crushing consequences.

  • “42nd Street”

Music by Harry Warren. Lyrics by Al Dubin. Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. Directed by Annette Thornton. Musical direction by LaToya Lain. Guest choreography by Ellie Sciarra.

Performances occur Nov. 13 through 17.

This big, bold musical set in 1933 celebrates the stuff of which dreams are made.

  • “House of Several Stories: A Tragedy in Two Acts of Nonsense”

Written by A. John Boulanger. Directed by Keeley Stanley-Bohn.

Performances occur Feb. 19 through 23.

This surprise-filled comedy about a dysfunctional family’s unusual Thanksgiving explores how stories help fill voids in people’s lives.

  • “The Cherry Orchard”

Written by Anton Chekhov. Directed by Timothy D. Connors.

Performances occur April 2 through 6.

Proud landowners are forced to sell their cherished property in this examination of idle privilege and social change.

  • University Theatre Dance Company Concert

Artistic direction by Heather Trommer-Beardslee.

Performances occur April 24 through 27.

The company performs a thrilling variety of jazz, ballet, hip-hop, theatrical story dance and more.

This season’s performances take place in Moore Hall’s Bush Theatre, except “Buffalo Gal” which will be performed in the nearby Theatre-on-the-Side. Wednesday through Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. while Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase through CMU Ticket Central at cmich.edu/ticketcentral or 989-774-3045.

For more information about University Theatre, contact Director Steve Berglund at 989-774-3961 or bergl1s@cmich.edu or visit cda.cmich.edu/ut.